At the opening for the Texas Biennial in Austin, TX on April 4, 2011.
You can find just about anything at a Pulga; but whether you actually want it or not is another question. A lot of the things at a Pulga are illegal, pirated, or otherwise shouldn’t be sold. Precisely why “security” at the Alton, TX flea market asked me to stop taking photographs. Captured May 7, 2011.
McAllen’s slogan is “City of Palms.” This is a palm tree growing in a sidewalk crack on Second Street. There are a ton of varieties of palm that will grow in the region, but only two varieties are native to this area: Sabal mexicana and Sabal minor. The Sabal mexicana can grow to 40 feet, while the Sabal minor grows to only a few feet tall. I believe this one is a Minor Sabal minor.
Shot from “Arte de la Frontera” exhibit at the International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, TX.
These are peppers at the flea market (Pulga) in Alton, TX. Captured May 7, 2011.
Pop artist and videographer Ron English (http://www.popaganda.com) shooting video of an art talk with a DSLR at David Freeman’s studio in McAllen, TX. Captured on April 1, 2011.
The Gulf Building, on Main Street in downtown Houston, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is also the site of the home of A.C. and Charlotte M. Allen who named the city of Houston in 1836. It was opened in 1929. Alfred C. Finn designed the 430 foot art deco edifice with a six story base topped by a tall tower that diminishes in size as it rises.
The 37 floor steel framed structure remained Houston’s tallest skyscraper for 34 years. In 1986, the building underwent a $50 million restoration. It was renamed JPMorgan Chase Bank building in 2000.
Joe and I had these wonderful desserts at a French cafe in The Village near Rice University in Houston. Pic taken with my Android phone.
Prego, 2520 Amhurst, Houston, TX 77005.
At the Flea Market in Alton, TX.
Ron English at the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen, TX. His show, “You Are Not Here,” opened on March 31, 2011.
Benini Sculpture Ranch, Feb 28, 2010
This ever changing kinetic sculpture by La Paso is one of many on the Benini Sculpture Ranch. As guests of Benini and his wife Lorraine, Joe and I visited the Ranch and enjoyed a tour of the studio and exhibit center, as well as a meandering drive around the 140 acre property.
The land is dotted by about 100 large-scale sculptures, and features a trail you can drive your vehicle through as well as a walking trail. Think safari. Well worth the one hour drive from San Antonio, the Sculpture Ranch is open to the public from 10AM to 6PM Thursday through Sunday. It is located about six miles west of Johnson City, TX. The Beninis are warm, welcoming artists, and they work and live on the Ranch full-time. The property used to belong to Lyndon Baines Johnson. It’s quite a drive down a winding dirt road to get to the Ranch, and the effect of the large sculptures in the rough landscape is striking and sometimes surreal.
Visit http://sculptureranch.com/ for more information.